It's well known that when it comes to fictional fight scenes, what looks exciting and cool is far more important than what would be effective in real life. That's where Weapon Twirling comes in, because Everything Is Better With Spinning. It's visually interesting and looks like it may be difficult to pull off, and is thus cool. It's also used when a character would otherwise be standing idly, since someone just standing around with a weapon isn't as interesting as that person doing fancy tricks with that weapon. In some instances, spinning weapons are used to block projectiles or create wind attacks. In fencing and sabre, spinning your sword is called a moulinet, and is used to move a parry to a circular cut, although you'll rarely see it used this way in fiction. It is also used to warm up before a match, which may be where creators got the idea. Outside of special circumstances, however, spinning your weapon tends to leave you open to attacks, since your control of your weapon is compromised. Deconstructions and parodies will have the fancy twirling interrupted with an attack to demonstrate this. If the weapon twirling is being used show off before an attack, probably with the intent to intimidate, it's also Intimidation Demonstration. Can also overlap with Unorthodox Sheathing. Supertrope of Gun Twirling. Subtrope of Everything's Better with Spinning.
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- Soul Eater: Every single Meister in this series seems to love doing this. It may or may not aid with Soul Resonance or not, but it sure looks cool and eats up a few seconds of screen time.
- In Bleach the third seat of squad 8 tries to intimidate Chad with some quick swordplay, and just gets punched in the face.
- Riddick does some knife-twirling in The Chronicles of Riddick.
- In The Fellowship of the Ring, Boromir twirls his sword a few times while waiting for the goblin horde to break into Balin's Tomb in Moria.
- The infamous scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where a swordsman shows off and Indy just shoots him.
- On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy would often twirl a stake for effect.
- Whenever there are swords out on Merlin, somebody twirls one at least once.
- In Knights of the Old Republic, there is a "Flourish Weapon" ability mapped to a key, and can be used to spin blasters, swords, and lightsabers(!) around dangerously. Including the double-bladed lightsabers.
- In both Super Smash Bros. and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Link sword twirls after every major kill. In the games you can use it as a taunt.
- Final Fantasy
- Kingdom Hearts: In the original, at the Coliseum, Sora will imitate the victory dances of Cloud and Squall, this is the result.
- Darwin twirls his sword before sheathing it in Chaos Rings II.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang is fond of doing this with his glider staff. Since he can use it to create wind attacks, it's also Justified.
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